The Internet Brain Volume Database (IBVD) is an online collection of neuroimaging data funded as a part of the international initiative, the Human Brain Project. The IBVD provides access data for both individual and among-group comparisons that allow total volume comparisons with parallelization of the brain into hemispheres, specific lobes or grey matter volumes. While the database contains data on humans, there is also non-human primate (macaque) and rat studies. A summary search provides information on sex, age and handedness as well as age-related pathology, neuro-psychiatric disease, structural disease and twin-studies (monozygotic and dizygotic). These selected individuals can be compared to normal studies or pooled into user-specified group results. For example, it is very easy to generate a plot of left vs. right temporal lobe volume compared to age in normal human in vivo males and females.
MorphoSource, is a dataset project for storing, collaborative sharing, and distribution of microCT scans, 3D surface rendering, and 2D digital imaging. Its main goal is to provide rapid access to as many researchers as possible, large numbers of raw microCT data, and surface meshes representing vouchered specimens. The site is active since April 2013 and now hosts almost 5000 files, including ‘raw’ microCT volumetric data, mesh files from laser scans, and 2D digital photographs (file formats include tiff, dicom, stanford ply, and stl). MorphoSource, allow to download a world-wide repository-vouchered digitalized specimens from 48 institutions (American Museum of Natural History; Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; Natural History Museum Vienna, see more in Institutions). Currently the amount of information related with genus Homo is limited to Homo sapiens; however the site dataset is growing rapidly, and in the future it will be an interesting source of data for Paleoanthropologists too.
Gizéh Rangel de Lázaro
To bring out scientific data from lifelong research and to offer them freely for the further investigation is a unique act in the field of anthropology and archaeology. The first comprehensive database with original data published already years ago by W. W. Howells consists of craniometric measurements. Recently, N. S. Ossenberg presented database composed of cranial nonmetric features including also complete methodological manual and documentation available for various types of analytical comparisons. Scores of tens of cranial morphological traits of more than 8000 individuals from various parts of the world are now open to comparative studies; most importantly, from several populations which are not accessible anymore due to American repatriation laws. So, let’s go ahead!